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  • An around-the-world tour with 6 great rice salads in L.A.

    An around-the-world tour with 6 great rice salads in L.A.

    If you are like most readers of The Times' Food pages, you probably read Russ Parsons’ article on rice salad last weekend. You may have even saved that great-sounding recipe for cucumber-yogurt rice salad to your Evernote. But did you also wonder where you might find rice salad in a restaurant?...

  • Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside

    Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside

    Can’t you just cruise down to the corner of Venice and La Brea, order a couple of tacos al pastor from the Leo’s truck, and be happy as a well-stuffed clam? (I’ll have mine con piña, por favor.) After a week in the godless confines of New York or Boston, aren’t the chicken tacos at King Taco good...

  • Where to find the best bibimbap

    Where to find the best bibimbap

    Several locations specialize in the many varieties of the favorite Korean mixed-rice dish.

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  • Suspected car thief falls from second-story window after police chase

    Suspected car thief falls from second-story window after police chase

    A suspected car thief was hospitalized early Tuesday after he bailed from the car, tried to break into a second-story apartment in Pico-Union, was shot with a beanbag gun and fell out of a window, police said. The chase began downtown at 8th Street and Maple Avenue about 2:30 a.m. when LAPD officers...

  • L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti launches citywide trash clean-up initiative

    L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti launches citywide trash clean-up initiative

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched an initiative Thursday aimed at cleaning up the city's trash-strewn streets, sidewalks and alleys. Standing in a Pico Union alley where 13 tons of illegally dumped trash was removed in recent days by sanitation crews, Garcetti signed an executive order and...

  • Los Angeles city workers authorize strike

    Los Angeles city workers authorize strike

    Los Angeles garbage truck drivers, traffic officers, tree trimmers, engineers and typists are among 10,000 city workers who gave authorization Friday night to walk off the job to protest a proposed contract that offers no raises and requires them to chip in for healthcare premiums. Workers represented...

  • L.A. political leader Arturo Vargas has high hopes for Latinos in Washington

    L.A. political leader Arturo Vargas has high hopes for Latinos in Washington

    California recently rode shotgun with Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Assn. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and its educational fund, on a quick tour of his childhood neighborhood in L.A.'s Pico-Union district. The place has changed in recent years, with the...

  • Shooting of pregnant woman stirs fears in Pico-Union

    Shooting of pregnant woman stirs fears in Pico-Union

    At Toberman Park Monday morning, boys and girls did soccer drills and ran around the playground. A short distance away, some mothers kept an eye on their children as they worked out on the gym equipment. It was a serene scene in Pico-Union, one of Los Angeles' most densely populated and sometimes...

  • Pregnant teenager clings to life after being shot at L.A. park

    Pregnant teenager clings to life after being shot at L.A. park

    An 18-year-old pregnant woman was out of surgery and clinging to life Monday after she was shot several times in Los Angeles’ Pico-Union neighborhood. The teenager, who was six months pregnant, was shot Sunday night. She was found at a park in the 1700 block of Toberman Street just south of Venice...

  • St. Francis High soccer's upset bid of Loyola comes up short

    Soccer: Golden Knights can't hold lead late in 2-1 Mission League defeat to visiting Cubs.

  • Downtown L.A. mosque imagines empowered role for Muslim women
    Downtown L.A. mosque imagines empowered role for Muslim women

    The women sit on their knees, watching intently as a slightly sheepish sister in a pink head scarf crosses the beige floor and approaches the dais. After a moment, her jitters are gone and, in a booming voice, she recites the Islamic call to prayer.

    In what may have been a unique moment in America,...

  • L.A. gets $36 million in Promise Zone anti-poverty grants
    L.A. gets $36 million in Promise Zone anti-poverty grants

    Los Angeles has received $36 million in federal grants for an ambitious program to provide a wide range of social and education services to needy students and their families in several neighborhoods.

    The effort is called Promise Zone, part of President Obama's anti-poverty initiative, and targets...

  • Federal grants to create 'cradle to career' services in LAUSD zones
    Federal grants to create 'cradle to career' services in LAUSD zones

    Local officials on Wednesday announced a milestone -- $36 million in federal grants -- for an ambitious program to provide a full range of social and education services to students and their families in several neighborhoods.

    The effort is called Promise Zone and targets Hollywood, Pico-Union and...

  • Boys' basketball: Max Hazzard commits to UC Irvine

    Standout senior point guard Max Hazzard said Tuesday he has committed to UC Irvine.

    Hazzard, the grandson of former UCLA Coach Walt Hazzard, is expected to be one of the top point guards in the Southland this coming season.

    His brother, Jacob, plays at Arizona.

     

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  • Boys' basketball: Time to see if Max Hazzard has the DJ touch

    Besides being an outstanding senior point guard with scholarship offers from UC Irvine, UC Davis and Boston University, among others, Loyola's Max Hazzard also has been dabbling as a DJ.

    He's going to be one of three DJs running Loyola's fall dance on Sept. 27.

    He calls himself DJ Hazztag. He'll...

  • Football: Loyola duo set to start for Washington on the offensive line

    Former Loyola linemen Colin Tanigawa and Coleman Shelton are scheduled to start on the offensive line for Washington against Hawaii in the season opener on Saturday.

    Another Loyola lineman, John Turner, is the backup center for the Huskies.

    Tanigawa is a three-year starter and returning team captain.

    ...

  • Baseball: Loyola's Awari Muoneke commits to Holy Cross

    Loyola's Awari Muoneke, the No. 4 outfielder on last season's Mission League championship team, has committed to Holy Cross, Coach Mike Cordero said.

    He batted .304 as a junior.

    He figures to be a major contributor for the Cubs in the spring.

     

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  • Football: College gear banned at Loyola practices

    When football practice begins next week at Loyola High, Coach Marvin Sanders, a former USC assistant, will make sure that players don't show up wearing clothing or hats from their favorite college team.

    Could the ban be because he has the sons of UCLA Coach Jim Mora, UCLA assistant Kennedy Polamalu...

  • Football: Eric Scott returns to coaching at Los Angeles High

    Eric Scott, a former Crenshaw High standout who went on to play for UCLA and later became a Bruins assistant coach, has returned to the City Section as the new football coach at Los Angeles High.

    "Being back in the City is real exciting," Scott said Saturday while attending the City Section coaches...

  • Soccer gives Pico-Union teen a purpose and a dream
    Soccer gives Pico-Union teen a purpose and a dream

    Jerry Rivas' first soccer field was unglamorous. Like many other kids in his Pico-Union neighborhood, he grew up kicking a ball around the local park, dodging trees scattered in the grassy haven lodged at the intersection of three streets.

    The peace of the park does not extend far beyond its borders....

  • Football: Loyola's David Long is getting ready for his moment in the spotlight

     When the summer is over, a lot of people will know about David Long, a junior cornerback at Loyola who has begun to attract the attention of college recruiters in the Pac-12 and elsewhere.

    Even though he still hasn't earned a starting spot at cornerback, because the Cubs are loaded in the secondary,...

  • Boys' basketball: Loyola's Jamal Adams turns down college offer

     Loyola Coach Jamal Adams said he was offered an assistant coach's position at Columbia, his alma mater, but has decided to stay with the Cubs. He has a son, Jerod, who will be a senior at Loyola.

    "I was flattered and humbled," Adams said. "Not many high school coaches get an offer like that. It...

  • L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'
    L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office has identified the first 15 areas to be targeted in his initiative to revitalize dozens of neighborhood streets.

    The goal of his "Great Streets" program, the mayor has said, is to make streets  more pedestrian-friendly and attract businesses. The mayor's...

  • An around-the-world tour with 6 great rice salads in L.A.
    An around-the-world tour with 6 great rice salads in L.A.

    If you are like most readers of The Times' Food pages, you probably read Russ Parsons’ article on rice salad last weekend. You may have even saved that great-sounding recipe for cucumber-yogurt rice salad to your Evernote. But did you also wonder where you might find rice salad in a restaurant?...

  • Baseball: Fountain Valley is No. 1 in The Times' top 25 rankings

     For the first time in more than a month, a team has been able to stay No. 1 in The Times' top 25 prep baseball rankings. Fountain Valley stays No. 1 for the second consecutive week with only one week to go in the regular season.

    Peninsula makes its first appearance.

    1. FOUNTAIN VALLEY (19-6)2....

  • Baseball: Quinn Brodey strikes out 15 in 2-0 victory

     In a good sign for the upcoming playoffs, senior Quinn Brodey of Loyola struck out 15 and threw a two-hitter in a 2-0 victory over Gahr on Saturday. The Stanford-bound Brodey also had two hits.

    In the second game of a doubleheader, another Loyola pitcher, Jack Poulsen, struck out six and allowed...

  • Baseball: Loyola wins Mission League championship

     Facing a must-win situation in its final Mission League game of the season, Loyola turned to ace pitcher Nathan Hadley, who threw six shutout innings before settling for a five-hitter and helping the Cubs defeat Alemany, 7-2, on Friday.

    Coupled with Harvard-Westlake's 9-3 loss to Chaminade, Loyola...

  • Baseball: It's up to Nathan Hadley to deliver Mission League title

     UCLA-bound Nathan Hadley of Loyola is a pitcher who wants the baseball with the game on the line. He wants to be the player his teammates turn to in the pressure-filled moment.

    And he's going to get his chance on Friday, when the Cubs (19-5-1, 8-2-1) face a must-win situation in their Mission...

  • Volleyball: Three former Loyola players to play for NCAA championship

     Three former Loyola High volleyball players are participating in Saturday's NCAA championship match.

    Playing for Stanford is Steve Irvin, the 2010 Southern Section Division 1 player of the year. On Loyola of Chicago are Peter Jasaitis and Jagger Kroener. Kroener played on Loyola's 2012 regional...

  • Man killed in gang-related shooting in Pico-Union neighborhood

    A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said.

    A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los...

  • Baseball: Loyola wins its 12th consecutive game

     A 12-game winning streak isn't too shabby. That's what Los Angeles Loyola accomplished on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Redondo. It was the Cubs' 12th consecutive victory since a season opening loss to Calabasas.

    Jack Poulson threw five innings for the victory. Dustin Shirley had a two-run...

  • Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside
    Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside

    Can’t you just cruise down to the corner of Venice and La Brea, order a couple of tacos al pastor from the Leo’s truck, and be happy as a well-stuffed clam? (I’ll have mine con piña, por favor.) After a week in the godless confines of New York or Boston, aren’t the chicken tacos at King Taco good...

  • Reward announced in fatal Pico-Union Jack in the Box shooting
    Reward announced in fatal Pico-Union Jack in the Box shooting

    Los Angeles police detectives Thursday announced a $50,000 reward in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Pico-Union last year in hopes the money will motivate witnesses to come forward.

    Jesus Eduardo Vargas was riding his bicycle in the 2100 block of West...

  • Two suspects sought after man is fatally shot in Pico-Union
    Two suspects sought after man is fatally shot in Pico-Union

    Investigators are searching for two suspects who walked up to a man in Pico-Union and shot him to death Wednesday, police said.

    Officers called to the 1300 block of South Union Avenue at 8:19 p.m. found the victim dead with multiple gunshot wounds, said Los Angeles police Officer Bruce Borihanh.

    ...

  • Video released of Hummer's hit-and-run crash near downtown L.A.
    Video released of Hummer's hit-and-run crash near downtown L.A.

    Police this week released video of a hit-and-run crash near downtown L.A. earlier this month that seriously injured a mother and her 2-year-old son.

    KTLA reports the video shows a Hummer striking the woman's car before speeding off.  

    The crash on Oct. 10 was near the intersection of Pico Boulevard...

  • L.A. fights plague of garbage in central city neighborhoods
    L.A. fights plague of garbage in central city neighborhoods

    Focusing on Westlake and Pico-Union, a $1-million effort tries to clean up the wrappers, fliers and discarded furniture littering the streets — and the attitudes of people who dump.

  • Where to find the best bibimbap
    Where to find the best bibimbap

    Several locations specialize in the many varieties of the favorite Korean mixed-rice dish.

  • Plan to transform bleak school playground hits a big snag
    Plan to transform bleak school playground hits a big snag

    A popular beautification project planned for Berendo Middle School has one hurdle to clear — the L.A. school district's can't-do attitude.

  • Football: Marvin Sanders era begins for Loyola on Friday

     Former USC and Nebraska assistant coach Marvin Sanders begins his first year as head coach at Los Angeles Loyola on Friday against Harvard-Westlake, and expect the Cubs to send running back Nico Evans again and again behind linemen John Turner and Chris Brown. It's going to be let's see if you...

  • Treat yourself to Korean dumplings at Cho Man Won
    Treat yourself to Korean dumplings at Cho Man Won

    Name of restaurant: Cho Man Won

    Follow the money: This casual restaurant is owned by the same people as O Dae San, an all-you-can-eat barbecue joint, next door.

    What dish represents the restaurant, and why? They’re known for their Korean Chinese cuisine. Although they serve the typical jjajangmyeon...

  • Armed man fatally shot by LAPD in Pico-Union identified
    Armed man fatally shot by LAPD in Pico-Union identified

    A man shot and killed by plainclothes LAPD officers in Pico-Union was identified Wednesday as 37-year-old Juan Chavez, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. 

    Chavez approached the officers with a gun around 9 p.m. Tuesday on the 1700 block of Pico Boulevard, officials said.

    The...

  • Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods
    Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods

    Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 17 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

    Thirteen neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Encino (A) was the most unusual, recording four reports...

  • Seed Furniture: Reeve Schley's new bar carts, dressers, cabinets
    Seed Furniture: Reeve Schley's new bar carts, dressers, cabinets

    When Reeve Schley launched his online company, Seed Furniture, four months ago he hoped people would go for pieces he calls “modular, customizable and re-purposable.” His nursery chest, for instance, has whimsical puzzle-piece-shaped doors that can be switched out for plain symmetrical doors as...

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